'Once Upon a Time' star Jennifer Morrison to exit series after 6 seasons

"Once Upon a Time" star Jennifer Morrison will exit the series at the conclusion of the current season, Variety has confirmed.

Morrison has been with the show since its launch, playing the role of Emma Swan in 134 episodes in total. Her exit comes as the ABC series is said to be a lock for another season. As Variety previously reported, offers have already been made to the writing staff, which will be tasked with taking the show in a new direction with the loss of some original characters in Season 7.

"The past six years of collaborating with Jennifer as Emma Swan have been truly magical," said series co-creators and showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. "Watching her breathe life into Emma, she accomplished more than we could have dreamed possible — she gave life to a brand-new Disney Princess, filled with strength and intelligence and an incredible closet full of red leather jackets. We'll miss seeing her every day, but her imprint upon 'Once Upon a Time' is indelible. She will always be a part of the show and its heart and soul. That said, just because Jennifer won't be back every week doesn't mean we won't see our savior again."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Jennifer Morrison attends The Cinema Society Hosts A Screening Of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Paris Can Wait'-After Party at Laduree Soho on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Matthew Perry (L) and Jennifer Morrison attends 2017 Tribeca Film Festival - 'The Circle' the at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Jennifer Morrison attends 'The End Of Longing' cast photocall at Roundabout Rehearsal Studio on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
ONCE UPON A TIME - 'The Song in Your Heart' - In flashback, Snow and Charming make a special wish that Emma will be protected. The result of their wish has the whole kingdom bursting into song which infuriates the Evil Queen. Meanwhile in Storybrooke, the Black Fairy announces her plans to unleash another curse on the town while Emma and Hook prepare for their wedding, on 'Once Upon a Time,' SUNDAY, MAY 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Jack Rowand/ABC via Getty Images) JOSH DALLAS, JENNIFER MORRISON, GINNIFER GOODWIN
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Jennifer Morrison is seen arriving at the Kate Spade presentation at Russian Tea Room during New York Fashion Week on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images) Headline: (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Victoria Justice, Jennifer Morrison, Deborah Lloyd, Jamie Chung and Leighton Meester attend Kate Spade presentation during New York Fashion Week on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 02: Actress Jennifer Morrison attends 5th Annual aTVfest at Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)
ONCE UPON A TIME - 'Mother's Little Helper' - Gold and Belle convince Emma to help Gideon, explaining that together they can stop the Black Fairy. Henry experiences a disorienting shift in his powers that forces Regina to seek counsel from the previous Author. Meanwhile, in Fairy Tale Land, Hook attempts to win the assistance of an old adversary by betting his most prized possession on a game of cards. And, in a flashback, the Black Fairy tortures young Gideon in hopes of molding him into the perfect apprentice, on 'Once Upon a Time,' SUNDAY, APRIL 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Jack Rowand/ABC via Getty Images) GINNIFER GOODWIN, JENNIFER MORRISON
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: Jennifer Morrison arrives to the Children's Defense Fund-California's 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
ONCE UPON A TIME - 'Tougher Than the Rest' - With Snow still asleep in Storybrooke, David and Hook race to stop Gideon before he can confront Emma. Gideon makes a startling confession to Belle and Gold about his whereabouts while he was missing. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with the realization that everyone, perhaps even Robin, is better off in the alternate world where the Evil Queen was defeated. And when Emma inspires a familiar face to help her and Regina return home she discovers the power to change her fate, on 'Once Upon a Time,' SUNDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Jack Rowand/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIFER MORRISON
ONCE UPON A TIME - 'Tougher Than the Rest' - With Snow still asleep in Storybrooke, David and Hook race to stop Gideon before he can confront Emma. Gideon makes a startling confession to Belle and Gold about his whereabouts while he was missing. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with the realization that everyone, perhaps even Robin, is better off in the alternate world where the Evil Queen was defeated. And when Emma inspires a familiar face to help her and Regina return home she discovers the power to change her fate, on 'Once Upon a Time,' SUNDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Jack Rowand/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIFER MORRISON
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Actors Jennifer Morrison, Keke Palmer and Jurnee Smollett-Bell attend the 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards, hosted by Children's Defense Fund - California, at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Children's Defense Fund )
ONCE UPON A TIME - 'Wish You Were Here' - When she learns that our heroes possess a weapon capable of defeating her, the Evil Queen steals Aladdin's magic lamp from Jasmine and makes a wish that could sideline the Savior forever. Unwilling to wake Snow while Emma is missing, David works with Hook and Henry to hold the Evil Queen at bay in Storybrooke, as Regina goes on a rogue rescue mission. Meanwhile, Gold and Belle face a surprising danger to their newborn son, on the winter finale of 'Once Upon a Time,' SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Jack Rowand/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIFER MORRISON, JARED GILMORE
ONCE UPON A TIME - Heartless - In a flashback to the Enchanted Forest, Bandit Snow dodges a bounty hunter known as the Woodcutter while shepherd David goes on a fateful journey to sell his familys farm. In Storybrooke, the Evil Queen threatens to destroy the town and everyone in it unless Snow and David surrender their hearts. As Emma, Hook and Henry prepare to defend Storybrooke, Snow, David and Regina search for a magical sapling created by the first spark of true love. Regina uses Golds and the Evil Queens burgeoning romance against them, and Zelena offers Belle some friendly advice, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Jack Rowand/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIFER MORRISON
ONCE UPON A TIME - 'Street Rats' - In a flashback to Agrabah, Princess Jasmine recruits Aladdin to help her recover a secret weapon capable of breaking Jafar's hold on the Sultan and saving the city from ruin. Their quest takes them to the Cave of Wonders where Aladdin's fate is revealed. In Storybrooke, the Evil Queen tricks Hook and the Charmings and forces Emma to reveal her secret in an effort to divide the family. While the Evil Queen pampers Zelena, elsewhere in town, Regina and our heroes scramble to learn what became of Aladdin, on 'Once Upon a Time,' SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Jack Rowand/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIFER MORRISON
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 11: Actress Jennifer Morrison attends the 12th Annual HollyShorts Opening Night Celebration at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on August 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
ONCE UPON A TIME - Executive producers and cast of 'Once Upon a Time' were featured at the Comic-Con Convention in San Diego, California, on July 23, 2016. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIFER MORRISON, COLIN ODONOGHUE
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: Jennifer Morrison attends Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash held at Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: Actors Jennifer Morrison, Colin O'Donoghue, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore, Lana Parrilla, Emilie de Ravin and Rebecca Mader attend SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcasts From Comic-Con 2016 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Jennifer Morrison attends the 2016 ABC Upfront at David Geffen Hall on May 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
***USA OUT***CANADA OK*** NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Jennifer Morrison seen at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival: 'Taxi Driver' 40th Anniversary Celebration held at The Beacon Theatre, on april 21, 2016 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media London. T +44 207 033 1031 hello@barcroftmedia.com New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 hello@barcroftusa.com New Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Actress Jennifer Morrison attends the Marc Jacobs Eyewear launch of #MJscreamteam celebrating the Spring 2016 Collection on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
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Prior to joining the series, Morrison starred in the hit Fox medical drama "House" opposite Hugh Laurie, and has also appeared on "How I Met Your Mother" and the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot. She shared a message to fans on Instagram regarding her decision to exit the ABC series.

"As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on," she wrote.

"As I move on to other creative endeavors, I will continue to attend the fan conventions whenever my professional schedule allows," she continued. "I always look forward meeting the fans. If ABC Network does in fact order a season 7, I have agreed to appear in one episode, and I will most certainly continue to watch ONCE UPON A TIME. The creativity of the show runners has always inspired me, and I cannot wait to see the ways that they continue to develop and reinvent the show."

The series has seen a dramatic drop in live ratings over the course of its run, currently averaging a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.2 million total viewers, down approximately thirty percent in both measures from Season 5.

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